Primitive mechanisms of trauma response: An evolutionary perspective on trauma-related disorders

  title={Primitive mechanisms of trauma response: An evolutionary perspective on trauma-related disorders},
  author={David V. Baldwin},
  journal={Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews},
  • David V. Baldwin
  • Published 2013
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews
  • The symptoms we identify and the behaviors we recognize as defenses define which symptoms we see as trauma-related. Early conceptions of trauma-related disorders focused on physical signs of distress while current ones emphasize mental symptoms, but traumatizing experiences evoke psychobiological reactions. An evolutionary perspective presumes that psychophysical reactions to traumatizing events evolved to ensure survival. This theoretical review examines several primitive mechanisms (e.g… CONTINUE READING
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